Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Viewing Winterthur's Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens

Before leaving Winterthur, we had one last collection to view at the Dorrance Gallery [named for John Dorrance, Jr., Chairman of the Campbell Soup Company], the Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens donated to Winterthur in 1997.  

Mr. Dorrance and W.B. Murphy, the company president, began collecting the tureens in 1966, and the collection grew to include tureens and soup-related objects from Europe, Asia, and America. The dates range from the 1800's to modern times, and consist of  porcelain, silver and other materials.

Believe it or not, this was only a sampling of the tureens!  They spanned two rooms, but after so many photos throughout the day, my camera battery was almost dead.

I have a collection of turkey tureens.  Do you collect tureens?

We spent an entire day at Wintertur, and ran out of time for the tram garden tour.  What a fabulous place to visit, and we only skimmed the surface of what there is to see and do there. I would love to see the "Acorn Tea Room" in the Enchanted Woods.

In 1961 Jacqueline Kennedy asked H.F. du Pont to chair her Fine Arts Committee when she redecorated the White House.  

Ruth Wales du Pont died in 1967 and Henry F. du Pont in 1969. What a legacy they're left behind for others to enjoy.


  1. Wonderful tureens of all shapes and sizes, some opulent as well. I do not have a tureen and have thought about one but space is an issue.

  2. What a wonderful exhibition of tureens! I'm amazed!
    I don't collect tureens specifically but have some among my collection of ceramic artifacts.
    Thanks for sharing these beauties. I'll search the collection online.

  3. Wow, what a collection! Of course, the blue and white ones really caught my eye, but they were all interesting and beautiful. No, I don't have any soup tureens, and since space is an issue for me, too, I'd better not start that collection! I hope you will be able to return and spend more time at Wintertur in the future.

  4. That is a fabulous collection! I just love them! I have a few, but they aren't used much. Thanks for sharing your photos!

  5. A legacy indeed! These soup tureens are amazing -- I have only two, a basic pewter one with a fleur de lis knob on the lid, and a Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz one to match my everyday dishes. How absolutely fitting that a soup company chairman collected tureens!


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